Tzatziki
Tzatziki Sauce is a lusciously creamy, flavorful sauce or dip that is HEALTHY and EASY! Tzatziki Sauce is a versatile condiment that will make all of your Mediterranean recipes better! You can serve Greek tzatziki as a dip for veggies and pitas, as a spread for burgers and sandwiches or as a sauce for all your favorite Greek recipes from souvlaki to gyros. It is make-ahead friendly (actually tastes better with time) so it’s the perfect dip/condiment to have on hand. This tzatziki sauce recipe is made with Greek yogurt, cucumbers, fresh dill, lemon juice, garlic, vinegar, salt and pepper for a crazy flavorful sauce. I’ve also included tips on how to make the BEST tzatziki recipe – NO runny tzatziki, NO bland tzatziki and NO stringy tzatziki!
Servings Prep Time
1 1/2cups 20minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
1 1/2cups 20minutes
Cook Time
Tzatziki
Ingredients
  • 3/4 English cucumber or 1 slicing cucumberpeeled
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4cups Greek yogurt(nonfat works great)
  • 2tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill
  • 2-3 garlic clovesminced
  • 1/4teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Slice cucumber in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds using a teaspoon (see picture in post). Chop a few times and add to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  2. Add diced cucumber to a fine mesh sieve and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt. Stir and let sit 15 minutes. (Alternatively, if you don’t have a food processor you either finely chop cucumber or finely grate).
  3. After 15 minutes, use the back of a measuring cup or spatula to push cucumbers down against sieve to release excess water. Repeat several times.
  4. Add all Tzatziki ingredients to a medium bowl and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste (probably won’t need salt). Taste and add additional dill, or lemon juice if desired. Best if chilled at least one hour.
Recipe Notes

Make Ahead

 Tzatziki sauce taste best after the ingredients have had time to meld into each other.  Plan on making at least an hour ahead of time but can be made 24 hours ahead of time.  You can also chop the cucumbers and leave them to drain in the refrigerator ahead of time so then you just have to toss with the rest of the ingredients.

Storage

Greek tzatziki should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  When properly stored, tzatziki will last about 5 days, but is freshest within the first 2.  After 2 days, the tzatziki will become a little runny as the cucumbers continue to release moisture – nothing to be too concerned about, but just a fair warning.  To remedy this, you can stir in a little extra yogurt to absorb the moisture.